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necessary to protect americans in a harrowing hostage crisis unfolding in algeria. dan rivers is in london to bring us the very latest this morning. dan, good morning to you. algeria is defending a military operation that now has left at least one american and 11 others dead. what can you tell us about that? >> absolutely. this situation is not over yet. i think that is the headline. they're saying they're still pursuing terrorists and some hostages within this sprawling gas plant in the far south of algeria. as you say, the state department has confirmed one death. it's been widely reported he is from texas. the state department not going into further details about how many americans may still be missing. we're waiting for an update from london from the british foreign secretary william hague, chairing an emergency meeting about this. algerian state television is reporting that terrorists were planning to kill all of the hostages and to blow up this plant. so, it could have been a lot worse, had they managed to get through that. in the end algerians went in, freed some 650 people. there a
matter when americans are taken hostage along with others. >> cnn's dan rivers is in london. dan, there are so many different stories going around that the compound was attacked by the algerian military, that some of the hostages escaped, including one american. what are you hearing? >> well, i'm afraid it is a very confusing picture. the latest line we have from the british foreign office here in london confirming that the algerians have told them that there is an ongoing operation at this gas field suggesting that perhaps some sort of effort to go in. we know from the ministry of information in algeria they surrounded the terrorists with the hostages at the gas field, the troops were there. this sounds like they have gone in. there were widespread reports that helicopters were being used to attack the terrorist positions. now, the algerian foreign minister is clear on that saying the use of helicopters is wrong, it's a fantasy was their quote on that. in terms of the number of people that are being held hostage, we don't really have a clear idea, i'm afraid. the initial reports
, the novelist dan brown, relief is on the way. the da vinci code's author's latest release, simply entitled "inferno" is set to hit book shelves on may 14th. the novel will feature the return of renowned harvard symbologist robert lang dodone,t in italy. >>> a top european court ruled a british woman suffered religious discrimination when british airways told her not to wear a cross over her uniform at work. nadia awada was sent home, then offered another position when she refused to hide her cross. she says it all came down to fairness. >> because why should i be made to feel ashamed for wearing my cross, being told off for exercising what i thought was a civil liberty of manifesting my faith, my faith, by wearing the christian cross and other colleagues around me expressing their faith with wearing hijabs, why so me? >> we should note the court's ruling is not legally binding in britain. but the country is legally obligated to take it into account, they say. >>> president's inauguration starts in five days. along with security and staff, do you know who else is preparing? cell phone provi
are saying, people you don't know. >> dan, thank you. looks cool, thanks. >>> white house has changed the rules now about official online petitions. starting today, a petition sent to the website, we the people, it has got to have 100,000 signatures in the span of 30 days to get an official response from the obama administration. the previous requirement for an official response was just 25,000. the white house says the change is needed after the site suddenly got very popular, flooded with sometimes not so serious petitions. one of them demanded the u.s. build a death star. another called on the forced deportation of our cnn host piers morgan. that's it for me now. brooke baldwin continues on "cnn newsroom." >>> as reaction pours in on the president's gun proposal, we aren't going to tell you what is illegal. we will show you what's illegal. you'll hear it straight from a gun dealer. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. they lived a middle class life, going to work, playing tennis. but behind closed doors they were sleeper spies, delivering secrets for cash. >>> plus, the jet of the
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